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2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts in Individualized Studies

In our Individualized Studies Associate of Arts Program, you can start to earn your core requirements for admission into one of professional programs in Nursing or Education or you can customize individualized associate’s degree to help you better achieve your career goals. Whether it’s learning more for your career or creating an interdisciplinary field of study, you’ll have the freedom to study what you want.

Flexibility doesn’t only come from what you study, but from how you study as well. Learn fully online or take courses on-campus. You can study when it’s convenient for you. Multiple term starts, a generous transfer credit policy, and competitive tuition rates are all designed to help you start, and finish, faster.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a degree in Associate of Arts in Individualized Studies should be able to:

  • Assimilate, appreciate, and apply the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to serve others and to improve the human condition;
  • Develop a capacity for independent thought; the ability to express oneself clearly and coherently both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrate foundational concepts, methodology, and be familiar with the content of a wide range of disciplines in the arts and humanities and the natural and social sciences;
  • Read, understand, and interpret classical and current literature and history, including the history of ideas, as a backdrop for an understanding of contemporary life and society;
  • Establish a basis for lifelong learning along the various dimensions constituting our shared humanity - intellectual, spiritual, moral, and aesthetic;
  • Understand and relate to issues of contemporary concern in order to be an informed and engaged participant in society and adaptable to changing patterns of life and occupation.

Individualized Studies Core (30 Credits)

Concentration Course Credits: 21

General Electives Credits: 9

Area Distribution Courses (18 credits)

Choose two courses from each area:

  • Humanities: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religion
  • Natural/Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

Foundation Courses (12 credits)